Wearable Defibrillators: A New Tool in the Management of Ventricular Tachycardia/Ventricular Fibrillation

High risk patients, who do not qualify for an implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, run a risk of ventricular arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death. However, if a new ICD cannot be implanted due to surgical contraindications, recent revascularization (within three months) or recent diagnosis of dilated cardiomyopathy (three to nine months), or an ICD has been explanted due[…]

Eight defibrillators stolen from Bristol area

The theft of eight defibrillator units installed across the greater Bristol area is being investigated by police. The units were taken during December from sites including Pucklechurch, Frenchay, Fishponds and Easton. Clive Setter who campaigned to get the defibrillators in the area said 12 had been used 36 times in the last eight months according[…]

New defibrillators open doors to diagnostic tools

Patients who require a defibrillator to regulate abnormal heart rhythms can now have an MRI thanks to technology and a team at the Foothills Medical Centre. Traditional defibrillators are implanted under the skin to correct irregular heart rhythms but they can malfunction in an MRI so patients with the devices are unable to use the[…]

Defibrillators become festive gifts

Staff at a medical technology company have been handed an unusual Christmas present from their bosses – a defibrillator. Each member of the 120-plus workforce at HeartSine Technologies has been given one of the life-saving devices as a seasonal gift. The employees with the Belfast-based firm can decide whether to donate their automated external defibrillator[…]

FDA issues new requirements to improve defibrillator safety

The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it will require makers of heart-zapping defibrillators to submit more data on the emergency devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems. Under the new requirements, manufacturers will have to submit more data on the reliability of their devices and components, including batteries, adapters and electrodes. Additionally, the[…]

FDA issues new rules for defibrillators

The Food and Drug Administration is working to improve the quality and reliability of automated external defibrillators, medical devices used to help people in cardiac arrest. The agency issued a final rule Wednesday that will require AED manufacturers to go through more rigorous reviews and submit premarket approval applications. “Automated external defibrillators save lives,” Dr.[…]